Gender & Sex Worksheet

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Gender and Sex Worksheet

Answer the following questions in 50 to 150 words each. Provide citations for all the sources you use.

What is gender? What is sex in biological terms? Are gender and sex the same thing? Explain why or why not?

Gender is complicated because it not only describes ones physical traits, but one's individual perception of themself as male or female. Sex in biological terms refers to differences in chromosomes, hormonal profiles, internal, and external sex organs. While a persons sex as either male or female is a biological fact, what sex means in terms of a persons gender role as a 'man' or a 'woman' in society can be quite different. Gender roles therefore in my opinion can be quite different than a persons sex.

Even though for many the terms "gender" and "sex" are quite interchangeable.

How do gender and sex contribute to the concepts and constructions of masculinity and femininity?

Gender and sex contribute to the concepts and constructions of masculinity and femininity because society or our culture dictates how we treat and react to men and women. Gender and sex dictates how we interact with our children basically from birth. We dress boys in blue and girls in pink. Lets boys play with bats and balls, and girls with dolls and makeup. We typically treat boys differently as well we are more stern with boys and compassionate with girls.

Do our concepts of gender and sex contribute to the ways we embrace gender and sex in diversity?

Absolutely, we as a society expect that men are going to act rough and tough and women are going to be girly...